About Me

I am on a personal mission to make Asia a great place to build a career.

As someone that’s lived in London for almost 10 years, I found that many Asians abroad did not want to return home because they believed that they would have better a career outside of Asia.

I want to change that.

WOBB, the company I founded, was built to make it easy for jobseekers to find the company with the right culture to work in, which I believe helps career fulfillment.

Here are the topics I regularly research and speak about, either as part of WOBB’s work, or as a personal passion:

  • Employer Branding that attracts talent
  • Company Culture that retains talent
  • Digital, Social Recruiting and HR Automation
  • Leadership
  • Career Advice

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I was part of MaGIC’s e@Stanford pioneer batch in 2014, and spent some time in Silicon Valley learning from top mentors at Stanford University and the founders of successful startups there.

I am a mentor for McKinsey & Company’s Youth Leadership Academy, where they select some of the brightest university undergrads across Malaysia, to embark on social projects to make an impact in the country.

Media Features and Speaking Engagements

Media Features

I have been interviewed on many major news media in Malaysia including The Edge, Focus Malaysia and The Star.

Young Corporate Malaysia 2016

Spoke alongside Dato Hamidah Naziadin (Group Chief People Office, CIMB) and Mahuran Sariki (Head of Research, CEO’s office, TalentCorp) about the Future of Work in Malaysia.

BBC World News

Spoke on a debate moderated by BBC World News, representing the private sector in debating about the role of businesses and governments when growing the economy. Organised by PATA.

BFM Interviews

I regularly speak on BFM on matters regarding talent, company culture and the future of work. Listen to all my interviews here.

MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation Centre)

Spoke on the subject on “What’s it like to work in a startup”, with the focus on work culture with young jobseekers, and moderated a panel of the leaders of some of Asia’s hottest startups – myTeksi, Televate.io, Between and VLT Labs.

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The Youth Leadership Academy (organised by McKinsey & Company)

Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a 12-week project-based, leadership development program designed for local university students. I played the role of mentor to help these graduates bring their social entrepreneurship ideas to life.

Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)

Spoke on the subject of “Careers for Accounting Graduates”, and gave ideas on how educators can inspire their graduates to want to have a career in Accounting. Moderated the discussion for a senior panel of speakers – Mark Billington (ICAEW), Nora Manaf (Maybank), Wan A Ikram Wan A Lotfi (PIDM) and Wong Chin Aik (CPA).

Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

Spoke to the banking HR community in Malaysia on how to attract star talent in a competitive market. The event was co-facilitated by Jamal Bakri of RHB Bank.

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Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

Spoke on the subject of careers in Shared Services, the event was open to the public, and worked with MDeC to help curious job seekers understand their options in Malaysia’s new shared services market. Shared the floor to speak about the subject with Jason Crimson, Director of Asia Pac Shared Services of Kimberly-Clark.

Connect with me!

Linkedin: https://my.linkedin.com/in/derektoh
Email: derek@wobb.co